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May 14, 2011
BFE, Virginia
Hersheypark will expand by some 31 acres (over 150,000 square yards) in 2015 with the approved realignment of Park Boulevard. The new area adjacent to Hersheypark and Chocolate World can be seen in the photo below (new Park Boulevard in red). Speculation is that the area will be used for a new major coaster, other attractions and could even include a new park entrance.


Even as the 2014 season in Hersheypark is about to open, there are hints about things to come in 2015.
"We have not made that public yet. We will be making an announcement later this summer," said Kathy Burrows, Hersheypark spokeswoman.
Relocation of Park Boulevard, expected to get under way next year, will allow the park’s borders to expand for the first time in more than a decade. About 31 acres of the former Parkview Golf Course, closed in 2005, will be absorbed into the park, according to plans unveiled last year.
Hershey Entertainment & Resort Company’s engineers have made application to the Dauphin County Conservation District for a stormwater permit associated with construction activities for a project at 100 West Hersheypark Drive for Attraction 2015. It's not clear exactly what construction is involved with that permit.
Derry Township has not received land development plans for a 2015 ride project, said a spokeswoman in the community development department.
Usually such plans are filed when Hersheypark makes its announcement regarding a new ride, said James Negley, Derry Township manager.
Meanwhile, the current Park Boulevard relocation project continues. Preliminary engineering and environmental clearance is expected to be completed by July, and final design by December, Negley said.
The project will go out for bid in January 2015, and construction would be completed by October 2015-January 2016.
The estimated $21 million project will be paid for with about $12 million in state and federal funds, and the rest from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, which is donating the land for the new roadway, worth an estimated $9 million.
For the 2014 season, Hersheypark is adding three new family-oriented rides. They include Cocoa Cruiser in Music Box Way, a gravity coaster designed to introduce younger riders to coasters; and Tea Cups and Sweet Swing in the Hollow area. A Chickie’s and Pete’s eatery will also open in Midway America, and a new ticket booth in Tram Circle.
Hersheypark added Shoreline Sprayground in 2013, and in 2012, Skyrush, billed as the park's tallest and fastest coaster.
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